Man with knife tasered – court

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A MAN from Stowmarket was tasered by police after dialling 999 and threatening to kill himself and others.

Samuel Doran, 44, of Newton Road, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday to using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour with intent to cause persons to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used and with possession of cannabis.

Doran, a former alcoholic, made several 999 calls to the police making threats that he would kill other people and himself on Friday evening, said Nikki Miller, prosecuting.

He had been drink-free for six years and was just coming off a methadone treatment programme when he had an argument with his former partner and bought and drank a bottle of whiskey.

A specialised police unit, armed with tasers, arrived at his address at 9.22pm.

Officers remained outside the front door of Doran’s home for an hour and a half trying to talk him out.

He made threats to police saying he was going to stab them in the neck. When police finally gained entry to the property, Doran was standing in the room with a knife in his hands.

Officers tasered Doran and arrested him.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Doran had been described as a ‘success story’ by his drugs rehabilitation programme and that this was out of character.

Doran told police in questioning that he could not remember the incident but acknowledged the police’s version of events.

Doran was jailed for three days, deemed served as he been in custody since the event. He was also made to pay a £50 fine, £25 court costs and £15 victim surcharge.